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Park War Memorial


Site:

In Dukinfield Park, by the children's play area. Just behind the bowling green is on the Pickford Lane side of the park.

History:

This memorial was unveiled on July 28, 1963, and originally comprised a short column and cross-shaped boating pool constructed at a cost of £2,700.

It was unveiled by the Mayor of Dukinfield, Councillor John Cook, aided by the chairman of the war memorial committee, Mr Ken Pickup. It was dedicated by the Mayor's Chaplin, the Rev G.L. Francis, and the blessing was performed by the British Legion Chaplain, the Rev T. McQuillan.

By including a boating pool as part of the memorial the idea was for the area to belong to children. Mr Pickup commented: This may not be everybody's idea of a memorial. It was decided it should be in this form - something for the children to enjoy- not something that people would pass and never bother to look at, and never even wonder why it was there.

The children can enjoy it - a very pleasant way of looking at a memorial.

The mayor added: Very soon this area will ring to the sound of happy children's voices and I feel sure our fallen comrades would agree that it is an admirable choice for a memorial.

Although very popular at first, the boating pool and memorial gradually fell into disrepair. In the 1980's the memorial was reduced from a short column to its present size, and the pool was filled in and converted into a flower bed.

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